Joseph C. Smiddy

Passed away on June 30, 2010

Smiddy, J. Charles, age 84 of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010. He was a long time member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City and a member of Moulders Sunday School Class. Dr. J. Charles Smiddy retired as the Vice President of Consumer Sales from Knoxville based White Lily Foods Co. in 1995 where he had worked for 43 years. He served as a U.S. Marine in WWII; he began his business career as co-owner and manager of S.D. Smiddy and Son Grocery in Jellico, TN. He then became an area salesman for the Renfro Wholesale Grocery in Williamsburg, KY where he worked until he joined White Lily in 1952. Smiddy has served on the University of the Cumberlands’ Board of Trustees since 1995, and has been a staunch friend and supporter of the University’s work. He received an honorary Doctorate degree from University of the Cumberland’s in business administration. After retirement he served as President and CEO of S.N.S. Enterprises, Inc., and C.N.E. Enterprises, Inc. Preceded in death by wife of 59 years, Jean Marion Smiddy; parents, Silus David and Emma Elizabeth West Smiddy of Williamsburg, KY; brother, Jim L. Smiddy of Cleveland, TN. Survived by devoted children, Gloria Smiddy Price and Robert C. Price, Robert M. Smiddy and Marketta Harris Smiddy, Carolyn Smiddy Ellenburg and Dr. Donald Ellenburg. Mr. Smiddy was blessed with 6 grandchildren, Missy Price Leonard and husband Luke, Jason Price and wife Kate, Erica Smiddy Queen and husband Charles, Harrison Smiddy and wife Devon, Dr. Trent Ellenburg and wife Jennifer, and Blake Ellenburg. Mr. Smiddy was known as “Papaw Charlie” to his great-grandchildren, Connor McDaniel, Price, Caroline and Sarah Grace Leonard, Barrett Price, Robbie and Brooke Queen. Brother, Jack M. Smiddy of Knoxville. Special uncles, Rev. Robert L. Smiddy of Palm Harbor, FL, and Dr. Joseph C. Smiddy of Wise, VA. Family will receive friends Friday July 2, 2010 from 6 – 8 pm at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel. Service will follow at 8 pm with Rev. Ron Mouser officiating. Family and friends will meet Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel at 10:15 and leave in procession to Greenwood Cemetery for an 11 am interment. Pallbearers will be son-in-law and grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Moulders Sunday School Class. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the University of the Cumberlands, 6191 College Station Dr., Williamsburg, KY. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 2, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, July 2, 2010

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Brenda Andrew

July 4, 2010

Please know that the Andrew family is praying for you as you celebrate the amazing life of your beloved "Papaw Charlie"...Although I was never blessed to meet him in person, I have heard so many wonderful stories and memories about him and Mimi from my precious sister, Missy.....Some of the things that I love so much about Miss Gloria and Missy are no doubt a beautiful reflection of those qualites and attributes that were modeled and passed down from Dr. Smiddy and MiMi.....What a wonderful legacy he has given to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren alike! I am so sorry that we were traveling out of state or I would have done everything possible to have been there for his celebration. I know what an important part of your family he was. I hope you will take comfort as you think of the incredible Homecoming he experienced as he finally met his Savior face to face....I have a feeling that his beloved MiMi was there waiting as well with her arms open wide and a beautiful smile on her face. Please be blessed in knowing that many are interceding for you as you resume your journey without him here in the coming weeks and months. I am so thankful to God for him and your family because of the sweet, overwhleming blessings I have been given through Miss Gloria, Jason, Kate, Barrett, Missy, Luke, Sarah Grace, Caroline, and Price. God Bless you all and know that Glen, Carson, Chapman, and I are praying for you with much love.

Amy Warren

July 4, 2010

Dear Mrs. Price and family.
I am praying for you and your family. I am a friend of Missy Price Leonard.

Sandi Campbell

July 4, 2010

Please know that our prayers and sympathies are with you during this time. -(Andrew, Thomas, Jonathan, and Sandi Campbell)

July 3, 2010

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. As a native from Williamsburg, we remember the Smiddy family being well-known in the Baptist church there. We offer our condolences and sympathy to his family. May peace find a place in your hearts with each new day.
Victor and Carol Pettit

Jacqueline Gardner

July 3, 2010

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Yvette Herzbrun

July 2, 2010

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Carla Smith

July 2, 2010

I am deeply sorrowed at the loss of a good and kind man. Dr. and Mrs. Smiddy were very well liked and respected by everyone at the Cumberland Inn. When Mrs. Smiddy died, Dr. Smiddy suffered a great loss as well as the family, but he continued with his work and alway showed everyone kindness and respect. I will miss him at the next Board of Trustee meeting for the University of the Cumberlands, but I am comforted in the knowledge that he and Mrs. Smiddy are together again. I hope the family can find comfort in that though as well. Take Care of each other.